The human body, unlike raisins, white wine, and the wit of Oscar Wilde, isn't meant to be dry. Exert your humanity by hydrating with today's Groupon to Placid Wake Park in Allendale. Choose from the following options:
• For $25, you get four hours of wakeboarding (a $25 value) with a wakeboard, vest, and helmet rental (up to a $30 value; up to a $55 total value).
• For $40, you get four hours of wakeboarding (a $25 value), a wakeboard, vest, and helmet rental (up to a $30 value), and a one-hour wakeboarding lesson (a $30 value; up to a $85 total value).
• For $60, you get a training combo package, which includes four hours of wakeboarding, equipment rentals, a two-hour wakeboarding lesson, and a boating session with an instructor (a $120 value).
Placid Wake Park invites wake warriors to hone their water-skimming skills across its aqueous terrain. After choosing a standard or slider wakeboard, students of all skill levels don helmets and life jackets as the friendly water-whisperers share helpful advice catered to each boarder's level of expertise. A Sesitec System 2.0 cable designed specifically for wakeboarding pulls boarders across the lake's surface as they ride over (or surf past) obstacles that vary in difficulty to challenge both beginners and dolphins in disguise. Students who choose the boating option also get to test their skills while being drawn behind a motorized, instructor-driven water chariot, receiving feedback on both their riding style and the wind resistance of their hairstyle afterwards.
Boarders can take a break from the soggy elements by basking beneath the shade of umbrellas on a wooden observation deck or practicing their dry game by punting volleyballs on a sandy beach court. Also housed on-deck, Placid Wake Park's pro equipment shop stocks its shelves with high-quality water gear to further foster a love of the sport or to outfit bridesmaids for an underwater wedding.
Placid Wake Park
According to an interview with mLive, Placid Wake Park's owner Scott Ferwerda can easily pinpoint the crown jewel of his wakeboarding park: a Sesitec System 2.0 cable that spans a 700-foot manmade lake.
"When you hit a rail and fall," Scott explains, the boat "has to come back and get you." Not so with cables. "With this, the operator sees you fall, stops the cable immediately, you swim 5 feet over to get a rope, and 10 seconds later, you are back up hitting the same things you just tried."
Riddled with optional obstacles, such as a pyramid playfully named the Ninja Turtle and a hydraulic rail on which to hide from creepy dragonflies, the cable lake is only one of Placid's two aquatic bodies. The boating lake branches out into three prongs, where wakeboarders, surfers, and waterskiers have the option to conquer currents the old-fashioned way—pulled by a boat and whistling the song from Steamboat Willie.
The park welcomes athletes of all ages and abilities, offering rental equipment and lessons with pro wakeboarders to individuals as well as families. On the shore, spectators can lounge on at picnic tables shaded by umbrellas or snag a front seat to the action atop an observation deck, and landlubbers can stay active by digging for seashells at the sand volleyball court.